70% of countries tracked by the World Bank give unconditional cash handouts as part of their aid programs; 40% set conditions for those receiving cash.   Both have been shown to reduce poverty—but critics fear cash grants can backfire by, say, triggering inflation or…

Haiti’s president Jovenel Moise is calling for urgent humanitarian aid amid a crisis he blames on food insecurity—but after weeks of demonstrations, today Haitians are calling for him to step down, Deutsche Welle reports. Haiti is the poorest nation in the Americas, and…

Aid groups were caught off-guard by the violence that began in Syria in 2011 partly because prediction models had estimated a mere 0.05% chance of violence there. But predictions are improving thanks to better data, machine learning, and combining the strengths of different…

Crucial humanitarian aid could be cut off from hundreds of thousands of people in northern Syria after international aid workers fled the country amid Turkey’s military offensive against Kurdish forces, The Independent reports.

Five years into a conflict that has left 80% of Yemen’s population in need of humanitarian aid, the UN has issued a broad and scathing report detailing violations of international human rights and humanitarian law by all sides in the conflict.

The World Food Programme and Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they’re close to a deal to lift the UN’s partial suspension of humanitarian aid, Reuters reported Saturday.   The June 20 restrictions flowed from the WFP’s concerns that humanitarian aid was being diverted from…

The UN is investigating claims that Russian and Syrian forces used location information on humanitarian sites to bomb hospitals and civilian facilities, The Washington Post reports.

Well-intentioned aid organizations can miss the mark when trying to engage African communities in disease prevention.   For example: Giving written pamphlets to illiterate communities; videos featuring people cleaning themselves with their right hands post-toilet (highly…

A month after Cyclone Idai hit southern Africa, killing more than 1,000 and leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless, the suffering continues. The Numbers, according to Reuters:

Nonprofits and volunteer doctors are emptying their coffers and working overtime to compensate for a lack of coordinated health response at the US-Mexico border. "The care we are providing we could never have foreseen — or imagined spending what we are spending," said Ana…